Thijs de Valk is stepping down as CEO of Yoast • Yoast

As of right this moment, Thijs de Valk is now not the CEO of Yoast. He determined to step down and pursue different goals. Newfold Digital and Yoast will miss him and need to thank him for his time at Yoast and for all of the great issues he has achieved.

Thijs’ profession at Yoast

Thijs was one of many first Yoasters. He joined the corporate in 2012 as one of many first workers. He began out as a assist engineer, did search engine optimisation consultancy, was energetic as a marketer, and later served as our Chief Commerce Officer.

Within the final yr and a half, Thijs was the CEO of Yoast. He efficiently led the corporate via the primary yr post-acquisition, wherein Yoast needed to adapt to the Newfold construction. Along with that, he kicked off the launch of the Yoast search engine optimisation for Shopify App, bringing an entire new CMS to our WordPress-minded firm. And just some weeks in the past, he rocked the stage at WordCamp Asia.

Seeking a brand new enterprise chief

With Thijs leaving, Yoast will seek for a brand new enterprise chief. We hope to hitch forces with an outstanding new enterprise chief that may assist us enhance our product and our impression in each WordPress and search engine optimisation.

Whereas searching for a brand new enterprise chief, Yoast will likely be led by the present Government Group consisting of Chaya Oosterbroek (COO), Marieke van de Rakt (CGO), and Derek Herman (CTO), in addition to our Management Group consisting of Sam Alderson, Floortje Scheurwater, Jono Alderson & Taco Verdonschot. Furthermore, we’ll be assisted by Jason Cross, who’s SVP Product: Commerce, Presence and WordPress at Newfold Digital. And Joost de Valk continues to be on board, offering steerage and experience.

Whereas we’re unhappy to see Thijs depart, we’re additionally filled with hope and enthusiasm about this subsequent part. The present search engine optimisation local weather is considered one of adjustments and pleasure. There’s loads to look ahead to and to be enthusiastic about. Group Yoast and Newfold are as dedicated as ever to enhancing WordPress and stay enthusiastic about our mission ‘search engine optimisation for everybody’. So, onwards it’s!